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alpha- and beta-tryptase genes encode serine proteases that are abundantly expressed by mast cells. Under physiologic conditions other myeloid cells are virtually tryptase negative. However, tryptases are also expressed in several myeloid leukemia cell lines. In this study, serum total tryptase levels were determined in 150 patients with acute leukemias (de(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of body position on the acoustic admittance of the normal middle ear mechanism. Susceptance tympanograms were obtained and their values recorded to determine the significance of any differences among five different body positions. A positive pressure shift was found to occur at the point of maximum(More)
Tryptases are serine proteases primarily expressed in mast cells. Normal blood basophils express only trace amounts of the enzyme. However, recent immunohistochemical studies have raised the possibility that neoplastic basophils express significant amounts of tryptase. In this study, tryptase expression was analyzed in normal and neoplastic basophils by(More)
BACKGROUND Blood Oxygen Level Dependent (BOLD) magnetic resonance (MR) is a novel imaging tool that detects changes in tissue oxygenation. Increases in renal oxygenation in response to a standard 20 mg intravenous furosemide stimulus have been evaluated to assess kidney viability in patients with renal artery stenosis (RAS). The effect of prior exposure to(More)
A segmented k-space acquisition technique using noninterleaved velocity encodings is presented to reduce spatial and temporal blur in phase-contrast cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. A translating phantom with pulsatile flow was used to simulate imaging of coronary arteries on a 1.5-T GE Echospeed scanner, using both interleaved and noninterleaved(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity and visceral adiposity are increasingly recognized risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Visceral fat may reduce myocardial perfusion by impairing vascular endothelial function. Women experience more anginal symptoms compared to men despite less severe coronary artery stenosis, as assessed by angiography. Women and men have different(More)
The purpose of this study was to (1) develop and present a technique to quantitatively assess three-dimensional distribution and clustering of intramuscular fat and (2) use the technique to compare spatial characteristics of intramuscular fat in rotator cuff muscles of older adults with and without a supraspinatus tear. Moran’s Index (I), an existing(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have shown an association between statin therapy and a reduced risk of heart failure among breast cancer survivors. Our goal was to evaluate whether statin therapy for prevention of cardiovascular (CV) disease would ameliorate declines in the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) that is often observed during(More)